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Monthly Archive: December

"Pseudo-Nature" and Photographic Integrity

Posted: August 3, 2015 - 17:11 , by Stacey Kerr
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A gray treefrog (Hyla versicolor) sits on a tree branch at night. Photo by Sean de Francia

Guest blog written by 2015 Environmental Visual Communication student Sean de Francia

A look into the ever-changing world of wildlife photography - would you stage a photo to get that perfect shot? What are the consequences of manipulating a scene with wild photo subjects?

Meme the ROM!

Posted: July 31, 2015 - 12:28 , by Lexie Buchanan
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Photo: two Pompeian sculptures making silly faces. Caption: Wat.

We love seeing the ROM through your eyes. Luckily we get to do this by speaking with you on social media and hearing about your visits to the Museum. We also get to marvel at the awesome photos you take and share with us. And now, we’re going to take it one step further: we want to see the collection through your eyes.

Every Monday in August we’ll share an object from the collection with you. You have the week to turn it into a fun meme/gif and then we’ll share the best ones on Friday.

Our Darling Dermestids - A Visit to the ROM's Bug Room

Posted: July 29, 2015 - 22:22 , by Stacey Kerr
A photo of the sign posted outside the door of the ROM's dermestid beetle colony quotes Dante's Inferno, "Abandon all hope ye who enter here"

Guest blog written by 2015 Environmental Visual Communication student Robert Elliot

How does the Royal Ontario Museum get their Skeletons so clean without compromising their integrity? A well-kept colony of hide beetles cleans every crevice of the various cadavers in the ROM’s bug room with incredible efficiency. A steel walled, dark humid room filled with corpses; a veritable beetle heaven is home to these hard working bugs. Follow EVC student ROM into their domain to get a unique perspective on the ROM.

ROM Alfred Wirth Gallery of the Middle East: Stronghold of an Iranian Warlord on the Silk Road

Posted: July 24, 2015 - 16:17 , by Diana Lu
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By Ed Keall


The temporary exhibit space in the Wirth galleries of the Middle East and the Ondaatje gallery of Asia is designed to keep the galleries alive by encouraging visitors to repeat their visits because there is something new to see.

Antonia and Deb’s top ten favourite things about Bioblitzes

Posted: July 24, 2015 - 15:16 , by Antonia Guidotti
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Bioblitz 2015. Ontario Science Centre Species Depot. Photo by Krystal Seedia

Top ten favourite things about Bioblitzes from Antonia and Deb

Join our first #EmptyROM tour!

Posted: July 23, 2015 - 11:01 , by Ryan Dodge
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Picture of the ROM looking southwest. Photo by @priscilla_mendes

Tour the museum BEFORE we open!

Japanese Art Collection at the ROM

Posted: July 21, 2015 - 09:54 , by Asato Ikeda
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Hawking Party in Front of Mount Fuji; Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806); Paper, Oban triptych format, woodblock-printed with seven colours; Japan; Edo period; circa 1790 AD, ca 1800; 926.18.424; Length 58cm; Width 95cm

The Japanese art collection at the ROM includes approximately 10,000 objects: it is the largest collection of the kind in Canada. The largest number of Japanese items is from the Edo period (1601-1868). Among them are lacquer works, such as incense containers and writing boxes beautifully decorated with gold leaf, which would have embellished people’s everyday lives. “Samurai art,” such as armour, helmets, saddles, spears, and tsuba (sword guards), some of which date from before the Edo period, is also represented.

Museum Monday with Melissa - July 20, 2015

Posted: July 20, 2015 - 09:34 , by Ryan Dodge
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What an exciting time for the ROM. This week there is so much to see and do. With the beautiful weather we are able to enjoy it is a great time to get out and visit the Royal Ontario Museum.


T. rex vs. Pan Am Athletes: Who Would Win a Race?

Posted: July 16, 2015 - 12:51 , by Stacey Kerr
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A stage performance with images of Toronto in the background for the opening ceremonies of the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto

Guest blog post by Environmental Visual Communication Student Lisa Milavic

Do you think you could out-run a Tyrannosaurus rex? What about the athletes in the 2015 Pan Am Games?

Weapon Wednesday: Pesh Kabz

Posted: July 14, 2015 - 22:07 , by Deepali Dewan

Pesh Kabz daggar with sheath. Steel, jade, stone, water buffalo horn, fabric. 19th century India. 948.1.256a-b. The Collection of the First Lord Kitchener. Currently part of the South Asian Study Collection in the ROM’s Education Department.

Written by Aruna Panday, Ph.D Candidate York University, Co-Chair Friends of South Asia, Department of World Cultures Intern.